Vashta was no mere Ayurvedic doctor. He was also an intellectual and a journalist and had
been the editor of the famous Kesri newspaper of Pune for ten years. He wrote on religious
and social issues as well and had authored many books and articles. He was one of the main
Hindu writers in Maharashtra. Behind his humble demeanor he had a profound insight and an
ability to help people connect to their deeper purpose in life.
first introduced me to local Hindu groups in Mumbai. These included regional branches of
RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangha), VHP (Vishwa Hindu Parishad), BJP (Bharatiya Janata
Party) and their different affiliates, which up to that point I knew nothing about. I
gradually learned about the Sangha Pariwar or RSS family and its many affiliated
organizations. Most of my work was with VHP, as it dealt more with religious issues, as
the largest Hindu religious organization in the world.
I got to know many people in these organizations personally, including
their leaders. I found them to be dedicated supporters of Hindu dharma and protectors of
Hindu society, as well as nationalistic Indians. Most were gentle and mild people like
Vashta and were quite open-minded about religion and spirituality. Some like him had deep
spiritual concerns and did intense sadhana.